If you are short on time this ride doesn't take long, and highlights two of the oldest and most fun trails at Candlers Mountain: Lake Trail
and Trail Too Far
, ridden in their most fun directions.
Begin at Snowflex parking lot and head downhill on Lake Trail
. This will come to somewhat of an intersection with a large bridge on the left. Continue straight on the rest of Lake Trail
, which is flatter and requires pedaling over bumpy terrain.
At the next intersection (creek crossing on left) turn right and head up a very steep, rutted doubletrack section to an intersection with Lake Hydaway Road
. Turn right and roll for about 1.5 miles until you reach the top of Trail Too Far
(sign on the left just before you hit pavement/gate).
Head down this to the left, there is an optional "huck to flat" feature here. Continue past many intersections, over some log piles and bridges until you cross a low bridge over a bedrock-laden stream. You'll do a short punchy climb and then turn right in order to access Lasso
At the next intersection, turn right onto Lasso
(there's a sign on a tree) and eventually follow the creek if the trail gets confusing (Liberty University just installed a disc golf course through this trail). At the fire road, turn right and cross a creek, then next left takes you to Camp Hydeaway.
Cut through the grass and head over the dam of the lake. Stay left after the dam, then take the next right until you pass a gazebo on your right. Follow the gravelly old doubletrack until it becomes singletrack. Head downhill, then stay right at the bottom, cross a bridge, and turn right at the fire road. Go through the gate and turn left at next fire road almost immediately.
Climb Champion Road
until a gate at Monogram Road
. Turn left, taking the optional immediate left on 1971
for a little extra singletrack. Monogram Road
returns to the parking lot.